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Ensuring Safety in Construction

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According to Safe Work Australia, 410 workers died on construction sites in Australia between 2003 and 2013. Given these alarming statistics, it’s vital that construction companies adopt a quality safety management system (SMS).

Historically, safety management in construction involved the old-school use of a notepad, pencil and ruler – there was no online system for storing and managing information. There was a one-size-fits-all approach in terms of safety regulations, where government officials inspected construction sites to ensure they were operating according to government legislation, which surrounded preventing accidents and occupational hazards and keeping workers safe and injury-free.

As time went on, changes were inevitable, as with any industry, and companies used calculators to measure their own occupational health and safety requirements.

Fast forward to the 21st century Internet age, where the onset of computers gave us the ability to consolidate information online and send and receive high-speed communications online. This gave birth to the use of software management systems for implementing and managing onsite safety.

It’s clear the construction industry is a fairly dangerous one, and the challenges faced by project managers in finding a suitable SMS is real. Construction companies not only need to identify all potential hazards and be able to manage risk, but it’s also imperative they keep track of all contractors and employees that are onsite in order to maximise safety measures.

Lucidity Onsite includes some key features for ensuring the safety of workers:

  • induction of people entering the site to ensure onsite competency

  • reporting of who is onsite for emergency response

  • attendance of contractors and their time onsite

  • prompts for random drug and alcohol testing

  • providing important information such as when licences are coming up for renewal

Moreover, Lucidity Risk provides companies with a framework and processes for managing and monitoring risk. The software includes management tools related to business and operational, safety, environmental and product risks, allowing companies to make more informed decisions in managing and monitoring risk. For example, a Master Risk Register is a central depository where core risks for the business and multiple projects can be stored and managed.